Boise, Idaho owners

Boise, Idaho owners

I truly feel like a pioneer here in southern idaho as the nearest service station is in Portland and I get mixed views when I talk to people about electric vehicles...then I show them the car and they are blown away. It's fun to be an ambassador for tesla here in Idaho but it's not too fun being alone. Any other owners out there from the Boise area?

Brian H | April 12, 2013

Portland, Oregon, or Portland, Maine? :D

Kunal | April 12, 2013

APU, you are not alone in Boise. I have a P85 got it in December 2012. Service is enabled out of Seattle service center for me. They are pretty responsive and have answered several questions. Sharing the Tesla experience in idaho has been a been fun. Almost a test ride every day so far. Lets meet up sometime.

Kunal | April 14, 2013

APU, let me know what is the best way to contact you, I am in NE Boise. Ranger has visited Boise a few weeks ago and put the carbon fiber spoiler on my car.

APU | April 15, 2013


That's disconcerting about the service. I have an on and off again passenger door handle issue and they have known about it for about 5 weeks. I wish they would have coordinated service stops. They did come out a week after I got the car for the same issue which was cool.

I took it to the Bronco fest car show for fun last weekend. That was fun to show the car off.

Kunal | April 15, 2013

APU: Bronco Fest Car show must have been fun. Surely you had the most novel car there! Since this is a public forum, it may be best for you to contact me via LinkedIn or Facebook (Kunal Parekh) and we can exchange contact information privately. Else if you know how to send a private message on this forum, you can send me the information that way too.

Looking forward to talking to you.

Kunal | June 7, 2013

Any Boise area owners interested in meeting up for coffee sometime?

miken | September 17, 2013

I don't have a Tesla, but I do drive a conversion electric every day to work.

If either of you would like, I would love to see a Tesla some day and get a ride in one. I also put together an Alternative Transportation fair each year at HP that draws about 2 dozen vehicles of various types. I will be trying to get a Tesla to the show next year (June). It would definitely be the star of the show!


PapaSmurf | September 17, 2013

I have to drive through Boise on my way to eastern Idaho near the Grand Teton mountains (visit parents once or twice per year)

I am looking forward to those Superchargers being installed in eastern Oregon and along I-84 in southern Idaho. I don't believe the trip is even remotely possible right now, even if there were a few HPWC locations at 80 amps.

isom | September 17, 2013

Great to see Boise owners. I grew up in just North of you. I have a P85 in Logan, UT. My service center is now Las Vegas, but Salt Lake will have one soon. Just drove through Boise last week. Had to stop at RV parks to charge. Will be so nice to have some superchargers along I-84.

jlsmart1957 | September 21, 2013


This is Jim Smart. I attempted to attend the meeting in Boise, Idaho Saturday night (09-21-2013) @ 19:30. I could not as the meeting was down stairs and I use a wheelchair for mobility. Hotel 43 has to my knowledge only one room that is not wheelchair accessible; why was the meeting held here?

I want to know if it is company policy to hold events in places that are not wheel chair accessible or just the club here in Boise. Apple came and used the same room to hire their store employees. Is this a trend: Companies from California come to Boise and have meetings where people in wheelchairs are not allowed to attend? One could conceive of a lawsuit had that been done there in California.

Jim Smart
208 409 5092

APU | September 24, 2013

Jim, sorry to hear about your experience. The room was actually to small for all the people there. They could have easily booked a larger room. I can't speak for TM but my opinion is that they weren't sure how many would show up and were surprised. They may have been trying to save money. Boise is a VERY small market but hopefully not for long.

My experience with Tesla is that they will always make things right. Shoot an email to the RM in Portland. He may have something to say about it.

Did u sign up to test drive last Sunday?

Kunal | September 25, 2013

@jamesM, other tesla owners driving through Boise. Till we have the supercharger or alternate high power chargers, I am happy to provide plug in at my home if we can pre arrange. We have 50amp service. So cars can charge at about 31miles of range per hour.

On a different note APU is correct, tesla has been very responsive to our feedback. Ownership experience in Boise has been fantastic regardless of the distance from service centers or supercharger network.

@miken I am happy to give you a ride sometime and attend the alternate transportation fair.

PapaSmurf | September 25, 2013

@Kunal, please add your info to the Plugshare map. I will likely try to get my Model S to eastern Idaho (Grand Teton area) in the summer of 2014 because there is a wedding and many extended family members will be there.

I am hoping that at least one Supercharger is on I-84 by next summer to make this easier. There are 4 grey dots along my route. If any single dots comes online, that will dramatically improve the possibility of this working within a reasonable time frame.

My total trip will be about 800 miles. There is one Supercharger along the way at the 100 miles mark, so I can easily top off there.

Then the distance between that Supercharger and Boise is 400 miles. The map has all of the eastern Oregon and Idaho Superchargers as grey dots for "2014". I don't need all 4 to be operational. But if two of them were online, that would likely make this possible as a one day trip.

With an ICE I can easily do 800 miles in a single day. I might have to plan for an overnight somewhere with the Model S and let it fully recharge on a NEMA 14-50.

cleveprivate | April 6, 2014

I live in Twin Falls. Love my Tesla. Have family and grandkids I would love to drive up and visit in Boise. Anyone interested in a charger swap. From my home in east Twin Falls, you can drive to a townhouse I own in Logan Utah. Then on to Salt Lake City. I drive to Logan all of the time. Can't quite make it to Boise and back, though. If you are interested, contact me here, or at I would make my charger(s) available on a trade-for-trade basis anytime. CLEVE

Captain_Zap | April 6, 2014

If cars are making their way to Idaho it seems like the Tesla team would notice it in the charging data and prioritize connecting Idaho with the rest of the network.

From day one, we have been strategizing about Boise. My spouse worked with a chip company (not Potato) when we reserved the car and he was doing a mega commute from the Seattle area to Boise.

That expedition is no more, but I still have things I want to do in that region. I have deep roots there that I want to explore.

cerjor | April 6, 2014

I would like to drive from Seattle to Sun Valley to vistit my daughter. So I'll add my vote for superchargers along the road to Boise.

cleveprivate | April 6, 2014

I just signed up on Plugshare to get the word out that I am willing to exchange chargers. Any Boise Tesla owners, this makes it possible for you to get to Salt Lake City if you also go to my charger in Logan, Utah. Hoping for some responses.

isom | April 6, 2014

@Cleveprivate, I just returned from a trip to Fruitland, ID. I live in Logan, UT. Have stopped at an RV park to charge, but takes too long. Do you have a HPWC at your place? I have one in Logan. Someone told me they saw a white Tesla in Logan. Is that you?

Rocky_H | April 7, 2014

Funny now that I know who "isom" is. I just drove down from Boise to Logan Utah to get OptiCoat Pro, and my car got charged at isom's HPWC, even though he was out of town, basically on the opposite trip I was taking. Nice to email with you, although we didn't get to meet directly. I just added my 14-50 on Plugshare this past weekend as well.

Yeah, the RV park experience is...doable...but not great. I stayed at Anderson Campground, and did one overnight car camping, but then on the way back, they let me do a 4 hour afternoon for $12, which was pretty good. They do have free wi-fi, which is nice.

APU | April 15, 2014

Patiently waiting for the supercharger stations. It looks like on the supercharger map that they might be located in Burley/Rupert area and Idaho Falls with one located near Boise or Ontario, Oregon. Any thoughts? I'd love to see one in the Burley area. That would make my trip from Meridian, ID to Ogden easier. I also travel to Island park a few times a year and the one in Idaho Falls would be nice there.

Rocky_H | April 15, 2014

I can see two sides of that. My first thought would be that it would be in Twin Falls, rather than Burley, just because there is a lot more there. However, Twin Falls is noticeably several miles off the interstate, so perhaps Burley would be the more convenient spot for dropping off and then back on the highway.

Kunal | May 10, 2014

There are several Tesla Model S owners in Boise now. And many of us would like to be able to make the trip to SLC or to PDX and willing to help those who want to visit Boise or pass through.

Rocky_H | May 12, 2014

I think slowness is still a point. isom and cleveprivate have HPWC, but I still don't know of any in Boise that have HPWC. We can offer our 14-50 outlets, but it's still just as slow as campgrounds, so the hours difficulty is still there.

empathyom | August 12, 2014

I rountinely drive my model s between portland and baker city--304 miles. Have driven baker to portland on one charge, and now with the dalles on line it is an easy one day trip.

I just put in an 80 Watt charger in baker city, so if anyone wants to use it, it is available 24-7.

With about 2 hours of charging in baker city, should make the dalles, and with 15 or 20 min in the dalles, should take you to portland. (Total travel and charging time boise to portland under 10 hours.

Call me for location Richard Haynes 503-886-9566

Rocky_H | August 12, 2014

@empathyom, that is really cool. I live in Boise, and the route to Portland is still pretty difficult. Could you clarify about the type and power level of the charger? 80 watts doesn't make sense. Did you mean 80 amps, like a Tesla high power wall charger or 80 amp J1772 charger? Also, if you are willing, it would be really helpful to add your charger to the listings on It's a map that shows charging resources. I have mine listed there in Boise.

empathyom | August 12, 2014

Yes. Rocky_H. It is a tesla high powered wall charger wired to an 100 amp circuit. It charges at 80 amps 232 volts. I left it on my model s for 15 minutes and it got up to 56 mph, it should go a little higher maybe 58 or 59.

I will put it on plug share. Not sure how, but will figue it out when i get some time.

Call me if you want

Rich. Haynes. 503 886 9566

Captain_Zap | August 12, 2014

Maybe Micron could sponsor some Clipper Creek CS-100s in Boise.
Perhaps some other local businesses would be interested in installing them to attract traffic.

The new facility where my Spouse is now working put in two of the CS-100 80A chargers. They support all EVs with a J1772. Teslas pop in all the time to use them because the downtown chargers are so slow (Aerovironment). The CS-100 are the fastest free public chargers in the area.

It seems like Boise would be a town for overnighters. A hotel or restaurant in the area would certainly benefit from the initial investment and a throwing in couple dollars worth of electricity a night. It is business they would not get otherwise. I certainly would have stopped in by now.

Rocky_H | August 12, 2014

@empathyom, cool. I figured that was it, but was making sure. Plugshare is really handy. People can view all the public chargers without an account on the Plugshare site, but to view the details of people's home chargers, or to add a home charger, you do have to go ahead and create an account. Oddly enough, it is now becoming more feasible to do these trips, but I do not have the second charger in my car to really take advantage of any more than 40 amps. I know about 3 or 4 other Tesla owners in Boise, too, and I don't think any of them have dual chargers.

@Cap'n Zap, Hmm, I might mention it to a couple of the hotels that are along I-84. Yeah, the Clipper Creek units would be a good plan.

Captain_Zap | August 12, 2014


Tell me which ones and I'll call them a bit later and ask if they have EV charging. ;-)

I think Tesla might have a special for HPWC's for hotels too. I've heard about a two-for-one or free promos. IIRC, Bighorn mentioned a contact for that.

Many establishments are more amenable to the Clipper Creek 80A because all EVs can use them.

Brian H | August 13, 2014

But AFAIK only the Teslas can make full use of the 70-80 amps, right?

Rocky_H | August 13, 2014

@Brian, yes, that seems to be why most of the public J1772 stations are on 40 amp breakers, providing 30 amps of current. That equals about 6 or 7 kw of power(depending on the voltage), which is about as high as all of the other EV onboard chargers go. 6.6kw is the highest I've seen from most. However, the Toyota RAV4 EV and the Mercedes Benz B-Class EV use the Tesla onboard charger, courtesy of their partnership, so it's 9.6 kw and can handle up to the 240V 40A from a NEMA 14-50 or equivalent 40 amp feed from a higher power Clipper Creek Unit. But only a dual charger equipped Model S right now can handle more than 40 amps from a J1772.

I guess there is an aspect of future proofing in case there are more long range EVs from other car companies, but for now in this hotel situation, I think it really would be only Teslas charging. It's such a wasteland out here between cities that you can't really travel to or from Boise anyway unless your car can do at least 120 miles on a charge, and that's only Teslas right now.

Captain_Zap | August 13, 2014

Roadsters 70A, Model S 80A with dual chargers, 40A without.

I do not know how much a Leaf or any other EV can handle, I just know that anything with J1772 can use them and the stations are much cheaper than any other J1772 charging station out there. Way cheaper than a DC station.

Maybe a Leaf owner could chime in.

Captain_Zap | August 13, 2014

It looks like one model of Leaf can handle 30A AC and another can handle 40A.

Rocky_H | August 13, 2014

How could a LEAF take 40 amps? The biggest optional charger is the 6.6 kw. On a 208V supply, that's 31 A max. At 240V, that's 27.5 A max.

Still goes back to my point that I don't see how a LEAF or any other short range EV, with an 80 mile range, could get in or out of Boise. Good point about Tesla Roadsters, though--I forgot about them. The J1772 would be good for them.

Brian H | August 14, 2014

The first car to do the coast to coast Sun Country run in Canada was a Roadster, btw.

Rocky_H | August 19, 2014

@empathyom, Hey, Rich, I see you got your HPWC in Baker City added on Plugshare. Thank you so much. That will be pretty helpful. For people looking for the sweet 80 amps of a HPWC, it's sparse--yours in Baker City, none in Boise, and then one (possibly two) in Twin Falls. I'm going to Twin Falls this coming Saturday, and there is a dentists office where the owner recently posted that he has a HPWC available on the outside of the building. But then in the description, I saw the word "outlet", so I'm suspicious that it might be a 14-50 and be labeled wrong. I'll check Saturday to confirm what it actually is and update Plugshare accordingly.

Captain_Zap | August 19, 2014

@ Rocky_H

I found a Leaf page that mentioned an optional upgrade you can buy for 40A. It could have been just a misleading article.

Rocky_H | August 25, 2014

Back from my Twin Falls trip. It is a 14-50 outlet at that dentist's office, so I updated Plugshare, that it's not actually a HPWC. It was handy, though, since it is outside and free to use. They do ask that you just not use it during business hours Mon-Fri. It was showing 206V, since it's on a commercial electrical feed.

tritbs1998 | September 24, 2014

My wife and I test drove a 85KW S in La Jolla last Thursday. Wow! We will probably order one soon. We have seen two Teslas in Boise. One at Cars and Coffee last month and one driving on Overland. Anyone have any idea how many there are in the valley?

Rocky_H | September 24, 2014

I work at Micron, and I think there are three others who work there, and then I know of two others outside of that. So that's 6, and there are probably another one or two.

tritbs1998 | September 25, 2014

I've been reading the Model S thread about lane departure and parking sensors on all new builds as standard. My owner advisor in La Jolla didn't know anything about this. Has anyone else heard anything either way?

Brian H | September 25, 2014

Owners and their advisors need not be concerned. >:)

tritbs1998 | September 26, 2014

I had a nice talk with a Tesla rep in Palo Alto today and she confirmed new builds wold include the hardware for some features that were not previously standard. The features, however, will be deactivated in software if the buyer does not opt for them.

tritbs1998 | October 17, 2014

Just ordered our dual motor, all wheel drive Model S! Yahoooooo! Should have it in Feb.

Rocky_H | October 23, 2014

I got a little information regarding the I-84 Supercharger route. The only specific information we had from Tesla was just the projected Supercharger maps, where the I-84 route had gotten moved to the 2015 map. Well, who knows what part of the year? That could mean Thanksgiving.

I had been emailing with a guy from Washington who comes through Boise on the way to Salt Lake City. He had emailed the Tesla Supercharger team to express some frustration with the delays on routes out of Washington. He got a response from them. Here is a quote from the response:

"In particular, we are working to connect Seattle with the existing Cross Country route via I-90 near the end of 2014 – immediately enabling your trip to Missoula – and Seattle to Salt Lake City via both I-84 and I-15 are key routes for the first part of next year."

Well, "first part of next year" is some promising news, rather than late next year.

Bighorn | October 23, 2014

Bozeman and Big Timber on I-90 are about to go live--in testing today in Big Timber. Missoula is waiting on a transformer. Butte should be next and Superior, MT. | October 23, 2014

I am excited to hear this as well. Although I currently live in NJ and I am surrounded by SCs, I would love to do a XC trip back to my hometown - Boise, Idaho! This isn't possible at the time due to the lack of SC in the NW but I have faith in Tesla.

Kunal | March 29, 2015

If you drive to Boise we have you covered for charging in Boise for sure.

KL | March 29, 2015

I really would like to drive to Boise from the Bay Area ... it's almost an annual trip we do in our other car. Right now, the Superchargers don't see to connect. :(

Rocky_H | March 30, 2015

@KL, from the Bay area to Boise actually looks not too bad there. From Winnemucca Supercharger, Evtripplanner shows that it's maybe 230 rated miles or so going up highway 95, depending on your variables, to get into Boise. If it's close, there is an RV park on the way in Jordan Valley Oregon where you could probably fill for an hour or so if needed.